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Strange but yet so beautiful…

I had another opportunity to be a part of my sister Shanna Allyn’s Strange-Beautiful portraits. She says it perfectly…

“There is something strange and beautiful about this life.  Some destroy beauty while others try to restore it.”   – Shanna Allyn

What you see is not the same as what you feel when you are a model for her.  She takes you on a journey, a mind alteration that sets you free from subconscious thinking. I enjoyed feeling uncomfortable, embraced feeling vulnerable, laughed, and felt beautiful.   I gained knowledge within myself and saw things from a different perspective.

This series is entitled Pins & Needles. Behind the scenes…


My grandma’s old fridge…

Life truly is full of beautiful things, one in particular today is my Grandma Flo’s old refrigerator. As I remember it was full of goodies, cheese, salami,veggies/dip, cookies, pop, beer, and best of all her homemade bars. She always had that thing packed to the max to entertain at any hour of the day. She would greet you at the front door with stockings on, pair of slacks, fancy blouse, nails painted, hair fluffed and jewelry fully on. You always felt welcomed and left fuller than you came. Sadly she passed away at the age of 99. A life fully lived and cherished by those who knew her.  Now I have her fridge sitting on my porch ready to be filled with goodies for my children, friends, and family. I think she’ll be happy to know the fridge will continue on bringing people together storing good food.  

Shanna Allyn…

Coming up with compositions rather than taking photos of something. Seeing her subjects at the moment she is photographing them. Connecting with them and getting to know them on a different level, perhaps in a subconscious way. Documenting her life carefully, organically, allowing it to move along at a pace that is comfortable for her.  To be out there and be a part of something this is where she feels that her work can be somewhat of a light. Progression from start to finish. Seeing things for what they are. Seeking truth in life and never giving up on life’s passion.

This is my sister Shanna and I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of her journey my whole life and a model for her Strange Beautiful series: A series of mind body and soul.

“What intrigues me the most about her work is the over all composition of the picture, narrowing in on texture, color, and placement of the subject. I enjoy the oddness of the photos, while trying to make sense of things. It tells a story at many different levels, portraying the questioning-answering of one’s life journey.”

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Shanna describes her work as raw, compelling, dreamlike, honest and funny, all while digging through conscious emotions; concentrating on imperfection and natural beauty, unified by escapism and freedom.  Creating unusual situations, dealing with issues that make people squirm, perfuming a sense of eeriness.  A humor that is dead-pan and sarcastic, strange & beautiful.

Shanna Allyn is a multi-media Minneapolis based artist.

She grew up in Wisconsin & spent four years living and working in New York City as an editor, assistant art director & graphic designer.   As a photographer, she portrays portraits of women.

She holds a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

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